International human rights groups have criticized Israel for violating the rights of civilians, days after a Palestinian teenager was shot and wounded in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), Press TV reports.
Rights groups, including the Human Rights Democracy Media Center (SHAMS), accused Israel of “violating international law,” after a plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to launch a war against Palestinians accused of throwing stones was approved.
“Israel has made the arrest and shooting of children an option. They rely on military order 132, which allows the Israeli forces to arrest and fire at children. There are thousands of children held in Israeli prisons,” SHAMS’ Omar Rahal said.
This comes just days after Amnesty International slammed the killing of 18-year-old Hadil Salah Hashlamoun by Israeli forces, describing her murder at a checkpoint in al-Khalil (Hebron) as an illegal execution. Israeli forces accused her of having a knife and threatening the safety of soldiers.
On September 25, a three-year-old Palestinian girl was shot in the head with rubber-coated bullets as she stood in the balcony of her house during a raid in the neighborhood.
Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein approved Netanyahu’s plan to change the rules of engagement and declare “war against stone-throwers and firebomb throwers” in the occupied Palestinian territories. He also approved the arrest of minors and children under the age of 10 who throw stones, in addition to a fine of up to 100,000 Israeli shekels (about 26,000 dollars).
Tel Aviv has already been accused of violating human rights with its policy of administrative detention, which imprisons Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial. More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly incarcerated in 17 Israeli prisons and detention centers, with some 400 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails under administrative detention.
A report released earlier by the Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP) suggested that 86 percent of Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank are exposed to some form of physical violence during their arrest or interrogation by Israeli forces.